New Land Rover model, thought to be a Range Rover Sport Coupe, caught testing ahead of public debut in mid 2017.
Our spies have caught a brand-new Land Rover testing on European roads – ahead of a likely debut next year. The product, thought to be a coupe version of the Range Rover Sport, could take the fight to BMW’s X6 when it hits UK showrooms.
JLR has seen huge success with the new Jaguar F-Pace since it launched earlier this year, and the car you see here could be Land Rover’s take on a more style-focused coupe-SUV. The lower roofline looks very F-Pace in its design, while the steeply raked rear window hints at a slightly reduced load area.
From the front it looks more familiar, with an adapted version of the current Range Rover’s swept-back headlights and slotted grille. The familiar clamshell bonnet reaches all the way to the windscreen and beneath it we would expect to find a variety of new and existing Jaguar and Land Rover engines.
A DVLA number plate check on this specific model shows it running a 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine – a first for the Range Rover Sport. JLR appears to be shoehorning the engine into its entire product range at the moment and we saw a new F-Type Coupe trialling the same powerplant just a few weeks ago.
Given the positive reaction to the new Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover will be looking to focus much of its efforts on making the coupe-SUV among the best in its class to drive. Sharp steering is guaranteed, while the lower centre of gravity should keep body roll at bay.
The new car will launch at some point toward the middle of next year – with a showroom debut not expected before 2018. Considering the £2,000 premium BMW charges for its X6 over the more practical X5, prices for a Range Rover Sport Coupe are likely to start from around £65,000.